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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9399

Title: ((Re)Gendering Panic: Towards a Critical Sociology of Agoraphobia
Authors: Reuter, Shelley
Keywords: AGORAPHOBIA, GENDER, PSYCHIATRY, SOCIAL ORDER
Issue Date: May-2006
Publisher: Pristine Publications
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life, Vol 5 (1), pg. 48-74
Abstract: Since 1871, when the first psychiatric article on agoraphobia was published, this disease—known variously as panic, panic disorder, agoraphobia with or without panic, and so forth—has had a curious trajectory: beginning with a marked prevalence in men that lasted roughly five decades, the disease was ‘re-gendered’ after the First World War and has persisted as a predominantly female problem ever since. Using the method of discourse analysis and working from the premise that psychiatry is shaped by factors beyond medicine, this paper examines psychiatric reports of agoraphobia since the late nineteenth century to argue that the history of this disease represents more than simply that of an individual psychological/biological disease phenomenon. Rather, it is important to understand agoraphobia in the context of the complex normative social and historical process of its re-gendering.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9399
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